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« on: November 17, 2010 11:16:25 AM »

Our living room sadly lacks overhead lighting, so we bought a HEMMA cord from Ikea and stapled it up. Then we had a compact fluorescent hanging from the middle of the room. How charming!

So, I made a string globe for it, and it's quite a bit more charming now, I hope.

I didn't take any pictures of the process, but I'll describe it. (Also, there are tutorials for this type of shade ALL over the web)

You'll need:
- a mylar balloon
- some tape
- vasoline
- glue (I used Aleene's tacky glue, Elmers would also be fine)
- string/rope/yarn of choice (I used jute from the hardware store)
- a knife or scissors
- cord kit of choice (I use HEMMA from Ikea, $3.99)

1. Set up a work area with some paper bags or plastic or newspaper - this is messy!
2. Cut the string off of the balloon and tape the tab so it doesn't leave a lump.
3. Smear the whole balloon lightly with vasoline (it might be fine without this step, but I didn't want to risk it)
4. In a big bowl, dump a bunch of glue and water it down a little. (You can also use storebought fabric stiffener - don't water it down)
5. Now throw in your rope/string/yarn of choice and squish it around so it all gets coated in glue. 
6. Start wrapping! Go around and around all different ways and try to avoid making a pattern (unless that's your style). Keep going until the balloon is as covered as you like. I used 200 ft of jute twine. Don't wrap TOO tightly or you'll have a fire hazard on your hands.
7. (Optional) I added an accent of red sewing thread to spice things up. For something really fine, you don't need to coat it in glue - it will get enough from the rest of the wrapping.
8. Make a little cardboard stand and let your creation dry for at least 24 hours.
9. When it's nice and hard, pop the balloon and use your finger or a chopstick or something to poke the balloon away from the shell.
10. Decide where you want the hole for the bulb and how big it needs to be. Draw it on and cut away the circle with a utility knife or scissors.
11. Pull the balloon all the way out.
12. (Optional) For some extra strength, I took some extra jute and glue and made a ring around the opening.
13. Hang it up! I just tied mine with jute. It'll be a pain to change the bulb, but CF bulbs last forever anyway! I also wrapped the black part of the HEMMA cord set with jute. Make sure the bulb itself is right in the center.

Enough gabber, here are more pictures:

And a few with the cold light of flash:

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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2010 11:31:25 AM »

That is pretty damn cool! I've never seen one that large before!
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2010 03:41:03 PM »

Awesome! It really looks fantastic. Now I know how to jazz up my new apartment Grin
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2010 11:20:13 AM »

Are you using a low watt light bulb, or would this baby be safe for 100 Watt lightbulbs? This is an awesome idea, and I want to play around with it... but I'm really paranoid about fire hazards. Still - me likey!

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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2010 11:32:36 AM »

I have a 23 w compact fluorescent up right now. It's the equivalent of a 100 w incandescent, but CF bulbs don't get nearly as hot. I certainly can't promise that there's no fire hazard, but LOTS of people make these and I've yet to hear of a fire. I was just careful to get the bulb right in the center and leave plenty of spaces for heat to escape.
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2010 11:42:55 AM »

23 w compact fluorescent.. got it. Thank you so much! I was just showing my husband this post so we could get more light in the basement. Thanks again!

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« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2010 11:57:42 AM »

very cool Smiley

« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2010 09:34:44 AM »

This looks awesome. I tried to make one once and mine turned out horrifically. Love yours though!

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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2011 09:05:36 PM »

I love this, and am totally going to do this for my place.
We just moved, and the new place has no over head light in the living room! This is perfect!

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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2011 06:27:02 PM »

this is super awesome, i bought supplies and am going to try one myself!! i have been looking for a good way to do some new lighting in my bedroom! great project
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